Herbal Recipes

This is the section where you can find recipes for some of the herb-infused honey, electuaries, tea blends, syrups, or anything else that I’ve made with herbs.

Food, drink, brewing – there are so many ways to incorporate beneficial herbs into your daily diet. Enjoy these herbal recipes!

Herbs to Prevent and Treat Urinary Tract Infections

Herbs to Prevent and Treat Urinary Tract Infections

Ouch. Uh-oh. I know that small, pinching burning pain. I've felt that before. If you've ever had to live with urinary tract infections, that small sting that comes just as you finish peeing is a feeling that you tend not to forget! I had that feeling one morning recently and jumped into action - I don't ...

Recipe Box: Honeysuckle Infused Sugar

Recipe Box: Honeysuckle Infused Sugar

May is rolling out and June is rolling in - wild roses and irises are blooming their last and the berries are starting to form green on the vine! Is the honeysuckle blooming like crazy where you are? It seems to be an extra fragrant, explosive year for those delicious flowers around here in western North Carolina. ...

Wild Fermented Dandelion Ginger Wine

Wild Fermented Dandelion Ginger Wine

It is a beautiful spring, but I'm singing the blues. I'm down to my last bottle of dandelion wine from last year, and now I have to make more! It will be months before I can drink more of this delicious, nutritious nectar! Oh, well. I'll make the most out of it and get a new batch going. There's no sense in ...

Recipe Box: Vanilla Bean Chamomile Mead

Recipe Box: Vanilla Bean Chamomile Mead

  When I started making infused honey years ago, the very first and most favorite of my herbal flavors was Vanilla Bean Chamomile Honey. So naturally, when I began to use the infused honey to make gallon batches of mead, that delicious, heart-lifting combination was one of my honey wine experiments. And oh, ...

Lemon Infused Honey

Lemon Infused Honey

  Man, oh, man...is this honey good! We go through jars of this recipe more quickly than the other infused honey and syrups that we keep around the house. There is something magical about the way that the sharp sour lemon and the rich sweet honey combine...like angels dancing on your tongue!   ...

Recipe Box: Hedgerow Jelly

Recipe Box: Hedgerow Jelly

Weeds and Wildflowers! What is a hedgerow? In the cultured, organized sense, it is meant to be a barrier of trees and shrubs planted to mark boundary lines or to keep grazing animals contained.  In the sloppier sense, it is the buffer of wild plants at the corners of a property.  It is that definition that inspired ...

Drying Strawberry Tops

Drying Strawberry Tops

I admit it: I'm lazy. A lazy cook, a lazy gardener...I like to set things up and let them do their own thing with minimal input from me, which is why I'm fond of permaculture, biodiversity, sustainable foraging methods and perennial native plant gardens, not to mention eating weeds. So when it comes to my ...

Dandelion Flower Infusion and Syrup

Dandelion Flower Infusion and Syrup

Infusion first, syrup second! There are only a few dandelions in my yard this year, which is the opposite of a problem as far as most people are concerned! NOT ME. I want dandelions; root, leaf, and flower! There are so many wonderful ways to use this humble flower in applications both culinary and medicinal. ...

How do I learn about herbs?

How do I learn about herbs?

So you want to be an herbalist or to learn about herbs and plant wisdom. Good for you! How do you get started to learn about herbs? Stepping onto an herbal path can seem overwhelming at first, especially in these modern days of mass communication. It is a blessing to have so much information at our fingertips, but ...

Ask A Pixie: #1- Onions and Plantain

Ask A Pixie: #1- Onions and Plantain

Howdy, folks! I've been getting lots of reader questions and comments sent to my inbox, and so I'm beginning a new feature called "Ask A Pixie" where I will answer your queries anonymously as a blog post. Got a question? Now, bear in mind that I am an herbalist, but not licensed to offer medical advice. What I can ...

Recipe Box: Herbal Cough Syrup (Infusion)

Recipe Box: Herbal Cough Syrup (Infusion)

It has been a doozy of a winter - not just colder than usual, but wet, and with fluctuating temperatures. This sort of combination has kept even some of my healthiest friends prone to repeated illnesses.  My dearest beloved has been sick with lung and sinus issues twice now despite our daily vitamins, herbal tea, and ...

Recipe Box: Four Thieves Vinegar

Recipe Box: Four Thieves Vinegar

Four Thieves Vinegar is a great tool that gets a lot of use around my house.  A dear friend introduced it to me by trading with a 4 ounce jar at an herb exchange. She explained that this herb-infused vinegar has antibacterial and antiviral properties. I use it as a spray for sick rooms to stem the spread of ...

Moontime Tea

Moontime Tea

The moon is rising huge and silver in the sky this evening - full and bright! We are pushed and pulled along by the moon, just like the ocean - we are seventy percent water, are we not? The whole of humanity in the fullness of its gender spectrum respond to this primal pull. As someone with an active uterus, the ...

Recipe Box: Fire Vinegar (Fire Cider)

Recipe Box: Fire Vinegar (Fire Cider)

The weather in western North Carolina can be a tease. We had our first freeze in October, but since then the temperatures have been leaping up into the 70's and then back down into the 20's at night. The plants, trees, and birds are so confused, and so is my sinus! People who I know are quite healthy and active are ...

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